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  • EBay parts ways with controversial political group ALEC Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- Ebay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that other tech companies dropped earlier this year due to its views on climate change. "After our annual review of eBay Inc's memberships in trade associations and third party organizations we've decided not to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, Dec 18- Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. "It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said...

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- A judge on Thursday said she would require consumers suing Google over its Android smartphone operating system to submit more factual details in order for an antitrust lawsuit to proceed, at a time when the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure. The lawsuit filed earlier this year says Google Inc requires Android...

  • Dec 18- U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co plans to release its first feature film through video streaming devices like Roku and Apple TV in a marketing effort that raises the bar for sponsored content. In addition, GE will launch other videos to complement the film, such as interviews with Nas and a segment with former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey...

  • Are these ETFs cutting-edge or crazy? Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    Leading investment analysts give their picks on the hottest ETF niches in 2015: cybersecurity, self-driving cars and China bonds.

  • Oh, Barbie. It's just not your year, sweetie Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    Hollywood Premiere Barbie Doll

    Here's who's hot and who's not this holiday season. Sorry, Barbie, it's just not your year, sweetie.

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities. The hearing in San Jose, California, federal court is over the lawsuit filed by two smartphone consumers who say...

  • Your first trade for Thursday Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    The "Fast Money" traders give their final trades of the day.

  • IBM says cloud business enjoying "breakthrough year" Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    LONDON, Dec 17- IBM aims to expand the number of data centres it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, after what a company executive said has been a "breakthrough year" in 2014 for its cloud computing business. IBM has quadrupled the number of cloud data facilities it offers around the world to 49 in...

  • On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick' Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a "Staff Pick"— a designation that one of Kickstarter's 98 employees can give a project based on his or her personal tastes. Shelley Harper scoured Google, read blog posts and...

  • China's Baidu invests in Uber taxi service Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 5:19 AM ET

    Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc confirmed on Wednesday it is buying a stake in fast-growing international car-hailing service Uber.

  • BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Dec 17- Deep-pocketed Chinese rivals and tough regulators stand in the way of U.S. car-hailing service Uber's plans to conquer one of the world's biggest transportation markets, even after it signed a tieup with domestic internet giant Baidu Inc.. "You have to do things differently in order to succeed here in China," Uber Chief Executive Travis...

  • BEIJING, Dec 17- Chinese Internet giant Baidu Inc agreed to buy a stake in Uber as the online car-hailing service seeks to gain ground on rivals with powerful backers in one of the world's biggest transportation markets. Baidu is the latest big-name investor, joining the likes of Goldman Sachs and Google Inc, to place a bet on the fast-growing transportation...

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    3. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Scott Cawthon. 5. Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon. 2. Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Inc..

  • Midday movers: Chevron, Crocs, JetBlue & more Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    Some of Tuesday's midday movers:

  • LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland, Dec 16- TAG Heuer is pushing ahead with plans for a smartwatch to more directly compete with the likes of the Apple Watch and may make acquisitions to help drive the strategy, its head said on Tuesday. We have done several partnerships and might also do acquisitions, "Biver, head of LVMH watches and TAG Heuer interim chief executive,...

  • Apple just got reinforcements in mobile pay battle Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    A worker demonstrates Apple Pay inside a mobile kiosk sponsored by Visa and Wells Fargo to demonstrate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system on October 20, 2014 in San Francisco City.

    Dozens more companies—including big banks, retailers and start-ups—have begun to adopt Apple's mobile payments platform, The New York Times reports.

  • Top apps of 2014, according to Apple and Google Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    The tech giants' favorite apps cover a wide area, including mobile photography, health and fitness, social and education.

  • Google’s Europe woes worsen with $19M fine threat Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:02 AM ET
    Google headquarters.

    Google faces fines of up to 15 million euros ($18.7 million) unless it fixes its privacy breaches in the Netherlands, Dutch regulators said.